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Review of Old Sarum

Old Sarum
Ranked #14 of 79 things to do in Salisbury
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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

We walked round the rings great views and it gave the kids a great run out to run of the excess energy ready for tea opposite in harvester

Thank Chris B
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

Fascinating ruin with more to see than is first apparent plus an optional walk around the site. A great ruin with an amazing atmosphere on a cold, windswept day. Superb views of Salisbury cathedral and the chance to walk round the base of the old Sarum cathedral too. Good in summer but for the full idea of the chills in a medieval settlement, a cold windy day gives you that vibe.

Thank Emma S
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Reviewed 28 November 2017

Thursday 23 November 17, on a crisp cold day my husband and I went to visit Old Sarum Castle & the remains of the Cathedral.

The lost city of Old Sarum, crowns a ridge with sweeping views towards Salisbury. Iron Age people raised this large prehistoric earthworks around 500 BC, and within them the Saxons and later the Normans settled.

In 1066 William the Conqueror summoned all the great landowners of England here to swear an oath of loyalty. A Norman castle on the inner mound was soon joined by a royal palace. By the mid 12th century a bustling town occupied much of the great earthwork complete with a noble new Norman Cathedral.

But soldiers and priest quarrelled and life on a almost waterless hilltop became intolerable. So the new settlement migrated downhill to what became Salisbury, where a new Cathedral was founded in 1220.

Thereafter, Old Sarum went into deep decline, with its Cathedral demolished and its castle abandoned. Though largely uninhabited, it continued to 'elect' two MP's until 1832, becoming the most notorious of the corrupt 'Rotton Borough's' swept away by The Reform Act.

Today, the remains of this pre-historic fortress, and Norman palace, castle and cathedral evoke echoes of the many thousands of years of history, you can almost here the voice of the ghosts of the knights and soldiers of the winter breeze. We took some very nice photos here.

If you enjoy history, then this is a place for your Bucket List

Thank Carol B
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

Wonderful environment and views. Magical historical place. I brought visitors from Germany to
Look around. View of cathedral superb

Thank Markturner3
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Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

Good views over Salisbury although to be fair you can see those without visiting the site. The information boards need replacing as they are difficult to read. The guide book is interesting and probably essential to get the most of the visit although adds to the cost. We took our time but it only took us half an hour to do everything.

Thank NigelBowen
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